Cleveland Cavs at Toronto Raptors Pick, Odds, and Prediction
It will be a showdown of Eastern Conference powers on Friday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers try to win the third game of their season series on the road against the Toronto Raptors in a game that is set to get underway at 7:35 PM ET at the Air Canada Centre, which was the site of the recent;y-played All-Star Game. After the game tips off, BetAnySports customers can get their fill of action in real time as they take advantage of the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.
Cleveland comes into this game as the first-place team in the East with a record of 41-15 straight-up (26-29-1 ATS) and holds a three-game lead in the battle for the top seed. Toronto is 38-18 SU and 30-25-1 against the NBA pointspread.
Cleveland is coming off a nice win on Wednesday, defeating the Charlotte Hornets 114-103 behind a 40-point second quarter. And LeBron James had 3 points in that one. Toronto beat Minnesota 114-105 two nights ago, and that was very significant because it brought them to nine consecutive home wins, which is one off their franchise record.
In the reduced juice NBA odds posted on the game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Cavs are the favorites on the road:
Toronto is a team that has used a hot streak to climb into contention for home court advantage throughout the East playoffs. The Raptors have won 17 of their last 20 games, and have been pretty dangerous getting points (10-4 ATS). This is a carefully constructed team that was built on finesse, and the Raptors have a pair of players who participated in the All-Star Game – point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who had 52 combined points against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
They are relatively new to the party, but the Cavaliers are obviously coming off a season in which they made it to the Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors. Of course, there has been some drama since then, and one of the chapters involved the firing of coach David Blatt (perhaps at the behest of LeBron?). As BetAnySports patrons may be aware, Tyronn Lue assumed the reins and promptly announced that he wanted to step up the pace. It looked that way at the start, but the Cavs have gone over the total in only eight of 15 games since Lue took over.
These teams have split the two meetings thus far, with the home team winning both. On November 25, the Raptors took a 103-99 decision despite 14 three-pointers by the Cavs. On January 4 the Cavaliers made 17 shots from three-point range in a 122-100 victory. Toronto shot 50% overall in those encounters. Now the Cavs have added a matchup problem to their rotation, as big man Channing Frye, who can step out and hit threes, was acquired before the trade deadline.
Both of these teams have yielded 44.3% by opponents. Both are in the league’s top five in both Offensive Rating and Defensive Rebounding Percentage. And neither of them plays at a particularly blistering pace, as they average 93 possessions per 48 minutes.
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